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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Review by Diane ♥ Part Time Husband by Noelle Adams

A Review by Diane

Part Time Husband
Noelle Adams

Five Full Time (not Part Time) Stars!!!!

If you read my reviews you know I have a very, very short list of “go to” authors I absolutely love. Those writers whose stories have clever and engaging conversations, the banter is crisp and sassy, they have the right amount of romance, steaminess, angst, possibly a mystery and then they wrap it all into an amazing story.  Noelle Adams just hit that list with her latest endeavor, Part Time Husband (Trophy Husbands, #1).
There is something special about a book that you can’t stop thinking about.  You grab your kindle or your iPad or your e-reader to read your next book and instead you flip back to a book you’ve already read to re-read “the good parts.”  That is me and Part Time Husband.  What an amazing, sensual, marriage of convenience story that I can’t stop thinking about it.

Melissa Greyson seems to have what she wants, which is a job within her grandfather’s restaurant organization.  But what a manipulator that man is and what a throwback to the dark ages he is.  He thinks a women has to be married so she has a man to take care of her.  She has to be married to be able to do anything with meaning.  Oh brother!!!!   And to prove his point, he threatens Melissa to either get married to her (pretend) boyfriend (that she’s been telling him she has) or lose her job.  To sweeten the pot, he also states he’ll pull financial support from her two other sisters as well if he can’t meet him by the end of the week.  Boy, with a grandfather like that, who needs enemies? 

Melissa targets Trevor Bentley to fill the role of her “part time” husband.  He interviewed for a marketing position with Melissa’s grandfather’s organization several years ago, but her grandfather thought he was too arrogant for his own good and refused to hire him.  And that is who Melissa wants.  Someone who irritates the hell out of her grandfather.  If she has to get married to keep her job, she wants to stick it to her grandfather with someone he dislikes.  And for some unknown reason, when she presents her plan to Trevor, he agrees to marry her.  Pretty easily as a matter of fact.  Enough to make the reader wonder what is really going on here.  

As the story progresses, through Noelle’s writing skill, we start to find out what makes each of these characters tick.  What situations in their past have brought them to this point, and why they are who they are, especially Trevor since Noelle has written this book from Melissa’s point of view.   Is he really the arrogant SOB Melissa thinks he is, or is there something much deeper going on within this man.  And why is Melissa so insecure?  Why does she feel compelled to play this game to keep her grandfather “happy?”

I loved this story and its main characters immensely.  Wonderfully written, I couldn’t put the book down.  I couldn’t stop reading it till I got to the end.  Sweet and tender, hot and steamy, it was perfect.  Sometimes love can be found through the strangest of circumstances.  But when it happens, you just have to be strong enough to reach out and grab it and not let it go. 

Noelle handwrote her first romance novel in a spiral-bound notebook when she was twelve, and she hasn't stopped writing since. She has lived in eight different states and currently resides in Virginia, where she teaches English, reads any book she can get her hands on, and offers tribute to a very spoiled cocker spaniel.

She loves travel, art, history, and ice cream. After spending far too many years of her life in graduate school, she has decided to reorient her priorities and focus on writing contemporary romances.

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